Album: Mount Whitney (8x) - Main Trail


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Album Date
12/17/2005 12:00:00 AM
Date Added
1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

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12/17/2005 3:11:19 AM
I parked just below the Meysan Lakes TH. My start time: 3:11am. 
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12/17/2005 3:34:24 AM
Mount Whitney Trailhead, 3:34am. 
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12/17/2005 3:54:01 AM
Carillon Creek 
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12/17/2005 4:01:44 AM
North Fork Lone Pine Creek crossing, 4:01am. 
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12/17/2005 5:23:53 AM
Somewhere near Lone Pine Lake 
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12/17/2005 6:13:01 AM
Outpost Camp, 6:13am. 
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12/17/2005 6:41:59 AM
Last water source just below Mirror Lake 
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12/17/2005 6:53:37 AM
After about 4 hours of hiking in the dark the sun begins to lighten things up. 
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12/17/2005 6:53:49 AM
 
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12/17/2005 6:54:02 AM
Sunrise above Mirror Lake 
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12/17/2005 6:54:12 AM
 
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12/17/2005 7:09:33 AM
 
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12/17/2005 7:09:37 AM
 
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12/17/2005 8:02:20 AM
 
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12/17/2005 8:27:28 AM
 
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12/17/2005 9:16:30 AM
Looking up at the Sierra Crest from Trail Camp, 9:16am. 
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12/17/2005 9:16:37 AM
 
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12/17/2005 9:16:43 AM
Closer shot of the snow slope leading up to Trail Crest. 
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12/17/2005 9:16:45 AM
 
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12/17/2005 9:16:53 AM
Arc Pass 
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12/17/2005 9:33:23 AM
Mount Muir (center) 
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12/17/2005 9:33:27 AM
 
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12/17/2005 9:33:30 AM
 
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12/17/2005 9:33:36 AM
Mount Muir 
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12/17/2005 9:33:47 AM
Mount Muir 
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12/17/2005 9:53:40 AM
 
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12/17/2005 9:53:53 AM
 
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12/17/2005 10:07:33 AM
 
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12/17/2005 10:07:39 AM
 
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12/17/2005 10:07:45 AM
 
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12/17/2005 10:07:56 AM
 
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12/17/2005 10:15:49 AM
 
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12/17/2005 10:15:52 AM
 
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12/17/2005 10:15:56 AM
Mount Muir 
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12/17/2005 10:16:04 AM
 
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12/17/2005 10:16:14 AM
The dark speck in the middle of the photo is Richard. It would be well over an hour from this point before I caught with him. 
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12/17/2005 10:36:11 AM
The snow slope next to the switchbacks. Looks easy doesn't it? Unfortunately it was all powder snow that offered no support. 
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12/17/2005 10:36:21 AM
 
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12/17/2005 10:36:29 AM
Looking up to Trail Crest 
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12/17/2005 10:36:31 AM
 
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12/17/2005 10:36:35 AM
 
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12/17/2005 10:36:40 AM
Looking over at the switchbacks. The cabled section is visible in the lower left along with more exposed switchbacks in the upper right. 
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12/17/2005 10:36:47 AM
Closer look at the cabled section of the switchbacks 
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12/17/2005 10:36:49 AM
The switchbacks have quite a bit of snow 
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12/17/2005 11:09:54 AM
Looking back down at Trail Camp and Wotans Throne 
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12/17/2005 11:09:56 AM
Looking back at our tracks 
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12/17/2005 11:09:59 AM
 
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12/17/2005 11:10:02 AM
 
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12/17/2005 11:10:06 AM
 
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12/17/2005 11:10:14 AM
 
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12/17/2005 11:10:21 AM
 
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12/17/2005 11:10:40 AM
Wotan's Throne 
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12/17/2005 11:10:46 AM
Looking back down at Trail Camp and Wotans Throne 
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12/17/2005 11:11:05 AM
Slowly I shorten the gap between Richard and myself. 
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12/17/2005 11:11:12 AM
Richard's tracks in the powder snow helped a great deal 
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12/17/2005 11:27:56 AM
Finally. I'm almost caught up with Richard. 
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12/17/2005 11:28:04 AM
I struggle to catch up with Richard 
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12/17/2005 11:28:14 AM
Might seem hard to believe, but it took an hour from this point to reach Trail Crest. 
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12/17/2005 12:26:13 PM
Richard at Trail Crest, 12:26pm. 
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12/17/2005 12:26:16 PM
Trail Crest 
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12/17/2005 12:26:20 PM
Looking down the slope from Trail Crest 
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12/17/2005 12:36:11 PM
Many parts of the trail beyond Trail Crest were completely covered by snow 
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12/17/2005 1:30:55 PM
Objective in sight, but still so impossibly far with all the snow on the trail 
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12/17/2005 1:30:59 PM
 
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12/17/2005 1:31:06 PM
Richard traverses in front of S'Brutal tower  
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12/17/2005 1:38:54 PM
 
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12/17/2005 1:38:55 PM
This photo shows one part of the trail that was covered by snow at a particularly steep angle. There were many more spots like this. 
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12/17/2005 2:15:55 PM
 
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12/17/2005 2:22:56 PM
Approaching the notch between Mount Whitney and Keeler Needle 
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12/17/2005 2:22:59 PM
 
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12/17/2005 2:23:01 PM
 
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12/17/2005 2:23:05 PM
 
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12/17/2005 2:23:07 PM
 
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12/17/2005 2:51:15 PM
So close and yet we're still not there. 
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12/17/2005 2:51:19 PM
Keeler Needle and Crooks Peak 
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12/17/2005 2:51:21 PM
 
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12/17/2005 3:01:06 PM
Aren't we there yet? 
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12/17/2005 3:11:55 PM
Finally, the summit is within our grasp. 
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12/17/2005 3:17:29 PM
Our register entries 
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12/17/2005 3:18:12 PM
Richard on the summit 
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12/17/2005 3:18:24 PM
Richard sits down for about 10 seconds before we begin our long and arduous journey back down. 
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12/17/2005 3:18:27 PM
Too bad there wasn't a nice fire going inside the hut. 
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12/17/2005 4:42:16 PM
Whitney Trail / JMT junction. And yes that's snow. 
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12/17/2005 8:02:25 PM
Outpost Camp, 8:02pm. 
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12/17/2005 10:02:41 PM
North Fork Crossing, 10:02pm. 
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12/17/2005 10:27:16 PM
Mount Whitney Trailhead, 10:27pm. Unfortunately it's still not over. We have to hike a mile down the road to where we're parked. 
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12/17/2005 10:27:16 PM
With great effort Richard and I force our way up the slope in soft mercilessly unforgiving powder.